We're very happy with the shades. We ordered three and hung them in our front windows. They aren't completely opaque -- at night, from the outside, you can make out silhouettes and movement -- but in our situation that's fine. In the summer we'll use them to reduce the sunlight coming in, so we didn't want complete opacity/light-blocking. In other windows, we have Woven Jute Roll-Up Shades, and they are more opaque at night while still letting in a "glow" during the day.